A warehouse in South St. Louis caught fire on Wednesday and is still burning today.
Listed as a five-alarm fire by some media outlets has caused major problems for the St. Louis area for several reasons. First, multiple-alarm fires are ones where multiple fire stations, firetrucks and firefighters are called in to battle the fire. This number can increase or decrease depending on just how much equipment and manpower is needed to contain the situation. The scale general ranges from one to ten, so a five-alarm fire is of definite concern. The next concern is over the decay of the building as the fire continues to burn. Yesterday, the roof collapsed forcing the fire higher and spreading debris. Following that collapse a section of wall came down damaging one of the trucks. Most alarming is the need for a HazMat Team.
Why a HazMat Team?
Check out these links to see pictures and videos showing the extent of the fire:
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Springtime Fire Safety
It is that time of year again, where we all lose an hour in our day. The good news is that we also gain an hour of daylight, and it means that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Many organizations including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest taking the time to also check smoke alarms. The NFPA states:
Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead. NFPA provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
- Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
Also, take time to make sure your fire extinguishers are in Continue Reading…
Since July 7, the Charlotte Maersk has been burning just off Port Klang, Malaysia. The fire originated in approx. 150 containers and has since been knocked back to 130 containers. Officials estimate that temperatures are approaching 1,000°C. There are 15 fire fighting experts on board. The high temperatures are hindering the fire fighting response. Unconfirmed reports indicate that a container may have exploded. All crew members are reported safe.
The Charlotte Maersk is an 8200 teu container vessel which was built in 2002.